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Real Madrid, Barcelona watching €120 million-rated Chelsea midfield target

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Real Madrid’s transfer plans for the midfield position are glaringly unclear. After carrying the team on their shoulders for over a decade, both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have a cloud of uncertainty over their future and it is Real Madrid’s priority to replace them.

Jude Bellingham is the club’s primary transfer target for the summer and the Merengues are prepared to make him their biggest acquisition in recent history. He is seen as a replacement for the veteran Croat. 

However, they will pursue another top young target if Toni Kroos decides to hang up his boots at the end of the season. The German is expected to make his decision in the next month. In such a situation, Enzo Fernandez’s signing becomes a realistic possibility.

According to reports from Record Portugal, Real Madrid are very attentive to the situation of the Argentine phenom. However, they are not alone as Barcelona and Chelsea are closely monitoring his availability too.

Benfica will not listen to offers less than his release clause of €120 million. That fee is considered very high by the Bernabeu offices, but Chelsea are willing to shell out €100 million and offer players in exchange as well, that too in the ongoing transfer window.

Fernandez was one of Argentina’s better players in last year’s FIFA World Cup which his team went on to win. Subsequently, he was crowned the best young player in the tournament and saw his stocks soar sky-high.

In 16 Liga Portugal games for Benfica so far this season, the 22-year-old has scored one goal and provided five assists. He has created nine big chances and averages a whopping 1.8 key passes per game.

In his most recent outing against Santa Clara in the Primeira Liga, the midfielder was the man of the match with two assists, 125 touches and a whopping 20 defensive. Needless to say, he is the complete package.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid’s interest might not actually materialise into a transfer as Chelsea are pushing with great intent to sign Fernandez before the January window closes.

Even if the midfielder stays at Benfica until the summer, Los Blancos could find it difficult to fund moves for both him and Bellingham, with the latter being the priority target for the club.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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